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Family Life

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An open and liberal society is characterised by a flourishing civil society, of which strong families are a fundamental part. The family unit should be valued and subject to minimal government interference, but there are challenges to this principle. To what extent should the state support the family? Is paternalistic intervention in dysfunctional families justified? How and when should the state act to strengthen the family? CIS research on family life works to address these issues.

Publications

  1. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | Research Reports

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  2. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | TARGET30 Papers

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  3. The Kinship Conundrum: The Impact of Aboriginal Self-Determination on Indigenous Child Protection

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | Policy Monographs

    This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy,... Read More...

  4. Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child... Read More...

  5. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. An Honourable Estate?

    Barry Maley | 15 Jun 2015 | Quadrant

    Major casualties of the institutional ravaging that began 50 years ago are marriage and family formation and the assumptions ... Read More

  2. At last, PPL targeted at those who need it

    Matthew Taylor | 20 May 2015 | SBS

    Budget 2015 proposes to do what the Gillard government should have done in 2011: Ensure taxpayer funded Paid Parental Leave ... Read More

  3. The home is key to our ageing future

    Simon Cowan | 28 Apr 2015 | Canberra Times

    The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income.... Read More

  4. Nanny trial: the devil is in the detail

    Trisha Jha | 28 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Since the Productivity Commission’s draft report into childcare was released in July last year, the issue of whether nannies ... Read More

  5. Cases for more local and overseas adoptions are different, but the same

    Jeremy Sammut | 21 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    International adoptions of foreign-born children in Australia have fallen to record lows. And the reasons are clear to pinpoint.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Pensioners can unlock more income

    Matthew Taylor | 01 May 2015

    Australia can have a fairer and more sustainable age pension - but only if we stop ignoring pensioners' biggest asset and ...

  2. No ducking uncomfortable questions

    Jeremy Sammut | 10 Apr 2015

    I wish I could just agree that the real problem is the ‘racism’ of those who promote so-called ‘Islamophobia’. But ...

  3. 18C is not what keeps us civil

    Jeremy Sammut | 02 Apr 2015

    The Abbott Government’s attempt to remove Section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) was politically doomed the ...

  4. Same-sex marriage isn't same-sex parenting

    Simon Cowan | 27 Mar 2015

    The simple fact is that, for good or ill, society has moved past the ‘traditional’ meaning of marriage....

  5. Marriage equality: Can the Gay Rights Leopard change its spots?

    Jeremy Sammut | 13 Mar 2015

    Allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed cannot possibly do any more damage than straight couples have wrought on marriage ...

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